Bomb attack on West Bengal minister part of conspiracy: Mamata | The Daily Star
03:00 PM, February 18, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:04 PM, February 18, 2021

Bomb attack on West Bengal minister part of conspiracy: Mamata

India's West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today claimed that the bomb attack on her ministerial colleague Jakir Hossain was "part of a conspiracy" as certain people were "pressing" him to switch parties.

Mamata went to a state-owned hospital in Kolkata to check on Minister of State for Labour Jakir Hossain's condition following yesterday night's attack at Nimtita Railway Station in Murshidabad district, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

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Bombs were hurled when Jakir, also a businessman, was waiting for Teesta Torsa Express at the station, about 250km from Kolkata, at around 9:45pm yesterday.

He suffered injuries in one hand and a leg.

"It was a pre-planned attack on minister Jakir Hossain. It is a conspiracy. Some people (party) were pressing Jakir to join them for the last few months. I don't want to disclose anything more as investigation is on," Mamata told reporters.

"How can the railways deny their responsibility over security lapse when the attack happened at the station?" she asked.

Mamata said a total of 26 people were injured in the blast.

The state government has handed over the probe in the case to the Crime Investigation Department.

BJP state President Dilip Ghosh said, "The incident shows West Bengal is not safe even for ministers. The government has failed to control the law and order."

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